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10 Best Places for Families to Live in Belize

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: In this article, we highlight some of the best places for international families to live in Belize.

If you're dreaming about moving with your family to Belize and haven't decided where to live, here are some of the best places for international families to live in Belize.

Belize City

Belize City

Belize City is a great place for international families to reside, offering a variety of activities and facilities that cater to all ages. For children, the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is a must-visit, offering educational programs and interactive experiences with local wildlife. The Museum of Belize also offers children's activities, providing an engaging way to learn about the country's rich history and culture. For outdoor recreation, families can visit the Old Belize Adventure Cultural and Historical Center, which features a beach, a marina, and a historical exhibit. The Bannister Island, a short boat ride away, is another great spot for family picnics and water sports. Belize City also boasts several athletic facilities such as the Body 2000 Gym which is family-friendly and offers various fitness programs. For young sports enthusiasts, the Belize Sailing Association offers sailing lessons and organizes regular competitions for kids. The city's welcoming community, rich cultural experiences, and diverse recreational options make it a great place for international families to call home.

San Pedro

San Pedro is a good destination for international families seeking a vibrant and active lifestyle. For children, the Ambergris Caye Marine Turtle Program offers an educational and interactive experience with local marine life. The Marco Gonzalez Maya Site is another educational attraction that provides children with an engaging way to learn about the ancient Mayan civilization. For outdoor recreation, families can visit the Secret Beach, a popular spot for swimming and picnicking. The Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, located on the northern part of the island, offers opportunities for hiking, bird watching, and snorkeling. San Pedro also boasts several athletic facilities such as the San Pedro Fitness Club, which is family-friendly and offers various fitness programs. For young sports enthusiasts, the San Pedro Sailing Club offers sailing lessons and organizes regular competitions for kids. The town's welcoming community, rich cultural experiences, and diverse recreational options make it a great place for international families to settle down.

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Placencia

Placencia

Placencia is a great place for international families to live, offering a variety of activities and facilities that cater to all ages. For children, the Placencia Library offers educational programs and interactive experiences, fostering a love for reading and learning. The Laughing Bird Caye National Park, a short boat ride away, is a fantastic spot for snorkeling and picnicking, providing an engaging way to learn about the local marine life. For outdoor recreation, families can visit the Placencia Beach, a popular spot for swimming and sunbathing. The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, located nearby, offers opportunities for hiking, bird watching, and wildlife spotting. Placencia also boasts several athletic facilities such as the Placencia Fitness Club, which is family-friendly and offers various fitness programs. For young sports enthusiasts, the Placencia Sailing Club offers sailing lessons and organizes regular competitions for kids. The village's welcoming community, rich cultural experiences, and diverse recreational options make it a great place for international families to settle down.

"We were in Placencia for about 3 months while we were property shopping. Can't say I liked it much. Some great restaurants, great beach shoreline but I find the village hot. Just the way the buildings are laid out inhibits the breeze making the place feel hotter than it may actually be. I couldn't find clothes for people who are not on vacation which means a trip off the peninsula. And the peninsula has over 40 obstacles that are meant to slow you down. Speed bumps, rumble strips, etc. I get why they are there and for somebody who was going off the peninsula every few days those obstacles became a royal pain in the ... There is no immigration office in Placencia so it's either an hour long drive up and around to Independence or a 15 minute boat ride over to Independence every month," commented one member living in Placencia, Belize.

Belmopan

Belmopan is an ideal location for international families to reside, offering a plethora of activities and facilities that cater to all ages. For children, the Belize National Library Service and Information System in Belmopan provides educational programs and interactive experiences, promoting a love for reading and learning. The Guanacaste National Park, located just outside the city, is a great spot for hiking and picnicking, providing an engaging way to learn about the local flora and fauna. For outdoor recreation, families can visit the Blue Hole National Park, a popular spot for swimming and bird watching. The St. Herman's Cave, located within the park, offers opportunities for cave tubing and exploration. Belmopan also boasts several athletic facilities such as the Hilltop Tennis Court and the Isidoro Beaton Stadium, both of which are family-friendly and offer various sports programs. For young sports enthusiasts, the Belmopan Active Youths (BAY) sports club offers football and basketball training and organizes regular competitions for kids. The city's welcoming community, rich cultural experiences, and diverse recreational options make it a great place for international families to settle down.

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San Ignacio

San Ignacio

San Ignacio is an excellent place for international families to live, offering a variety of activities and facilities that cater to all ages. For children, the Green Iguana Conservation Project provides an educational and interactive experience with local wildlife. The Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins and Museum is another educational attraction that provides children with an engaging way to learn about the ancient Mayan civilization. For outdoor recreation, families can visit the Macal River Park, a popular spot for swimming and picnicking. The Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, located nearby, offers opportunities for hiking, bird watching, and wildlife spotting. San Ignacio also boasts several athletic facilities such as the Falcon Hill Lodge and Spa, which is family-friendly and offers various fitness programs. For young sports enthusiasts, the San Ignacio Tennis Club offers tennis lessons and organizes regular competitions for kids. The town's welcoming community, rich cultural experiences, and diverse recreational options make it a great place for international families to settle down.

Corozal

Corozal

Corozal is a fantastic destination for international families to reside, offering a wide range of activities and facilities that cater to all ages. For children, the Corozal House of Culture provides educational programs and interactive experiences, promoting an appreciation for local history and culture. The Santa Rita Archaeological Site, located in the town, is a great spot for kids to learn about the ancient Mayan civilization. For outdoor recreation, families can visit the Cerros Sands Waterfront Community, a popular spot for swimming and picnicking. The Shipstern Nature Reserve, located nearby, offers opportunities for hiking, bird watching, and wildlife spotting. Corozal also boasts several athletic facilities such as the Corozal Bay Inn, which is family-friendly and offers a swimming pool and fitness programs. For young sports enthusiasts, the Corozal Football Academy offers football training and organizes regular competitions for kids. The town's welcoming community, rich cultural experiences, and diverse recreational options make it a great place for international families to settle down.

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Orange Walk

Orange Walk is an ideal place for international families to live, offering a variety of activities and facilities that cater to all ages. For children, the Banquitas House of Culture provides educational programs and interactive experiences, promoting an appreciation for local history and culture. The Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, located nearby, is a great spot for kids to learn about the ancient Mayan civilization. For outdoor recreation, families can visit the Honey Camp Lagoon, a popular spot for swimming and picnicking. The Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area, located nearby, offers opportunities for hiking, bird watching, and wildlife spotting. Orange Walk also boasts several athletic facilities such as the Orange Walk People's Stadium, which is family-friendly and offers a football field and track. For young sports enthusiasts, the Orange Walk Central Sporting Club offers football training and organizes regular competitions for kids. The town's welcoming community, rich cultural experiences, and diverse recreational options make it a great place for international families to settle down.

Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda is an excellent choice for international families looking for a new home, offering a variety of activities and facilities that cater to all ages. For children, the Warasa Garifuna Drum School provides educational programs and interactive experiences, promoting an appreciation for local music and culture. The Lubaantun Mayan Ruins, located nearby, is a great spot for kids to learn about the ancient Mayan civilization. For outdoor recreation, families can visit the Rio Blanco National Park, a popular spot for swimming and picnicking. The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, located nearby, offers opportunities for hiking, bird watching, and wildlife spotting. Punta Gorda also boasts several athletic facilities such as the PG Sports Complex, which is family-friendly and offers a football field and basketball court. For young sports enthusiasts, the Toledo Football Association offers football training and organizes regular competitions for kids. The town's welcoming community, rich cultural experiences, and diverse recreational options make it a great place for international families to settle down.

"I first started my new residency in Belize in Punta Gorda. My husband and I loved the area, the people were great, so friendly, and helpful. Great little market for fresh veggies and fruits held almost daily. It is much less expensive in Punta Gorda than it is in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. A fish market is also there. The downside was that Punta Gorda is located so far from the rest of the country as far as other amenities go, visiting Belmopan for governmental requirements. Yes, there is an immigration department in P.G. for monthly stamps but other types of govermental tasks that require visits to Belmopan are an all day or overnight affair," commented one member living in Punta Gorda, Belize.

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Dangriga

Dangriga is a great location for international families to settle, offering a plethora of activities and facilities that cater to all ages. For children, the Gulisi Garifuna Museum provides educational programs and interactive experiences, promoting an understanding and appreciation for the local Garifuna culture. The Mayflower Bocawina National Park, located nearby, is a great spot for kids to learn about the local flora and fauna, and offers opportunities for hiking, bird watching, and wildlife spotting. For outdoor recreation, families can visit the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, a popular spot for swimming, picnicking, and exploring. Dangriga also boasts several athletic facilities such as the Carl Ramos Stadium, which is family-friendly and offers a football field and track. For young sports enthusiasts, the Dangriga Sports Council offers various sports training and organizes regular competitions for kids. The town's welcoming community, rich cultural experiences, and diverse recreational options make it a great place for international families to settle down.

Hopkins

Hopkins is a wonderful destination for international families to consider as a home, offering a wide range of activities and facilities that cater to all ages. For children, the Hopkins Bay Resort offers a Kids Club with a variety of educational and interactive activities, promoting an appreciation for local culture and nature. The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, located nearby, is a great spot for kids to learn about the local flora and fauna, and offers opportunities for hiking, bird watching, and wildlife spotting. For outdoor recreation, families can visit the Sittee River, a popular spot for swimming, canoeing, and picnicking. Hopkins also boasts several athletic facilities such as the Hopkins Village Basketball Court, which is family-friendly and offers a basketball court. For young sports enthusiasts, the Hopkins Football Club offers football training and organizes regular competitions for kids. The village's welcoming community, rich cultural experiences, and diverse recreational options make it a great place for international families to settle down.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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